Direct presidential elections will be held in Moldova on October 30. Right now, polls indicate that the winner could be the Moscow-friendly Socialist Party leader Igor Dodon, a 41-year-old economist who appears to believe that the country’s future prosperity and security depend more on Russia than on the European Union.
The recent failed military coup in Istanbul is pushing the Turkish government to prioritize a rapprochement with Russia, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is due to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on August 9.
Allegations that Georgian peacekeepers raped teenage girls while serving in the Central African Republic should force Tbilisi, as well as the European Union, to rethink training methods aimed at reducing the risk of sexual abuse by soldiers on peacekeeping missions.
An obscure organization is urging governments across the former Soviet Union to shore up their “cyber-borders” in the face of threats from potential color revolutions, and consider blocking websites such as Google, Facebook and YouTube.
The government crisis that erupted in Georgia earlier in November was originally cast as a struggle over the country’s geopolitical orientation. But as time passes, it seems the real fulcrum of contention is connected with checks and balances on authority, and the potential influence of unaccountable public figures.
While a struggle is intensifying in Georgia between Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and President Mikheil Saakashvili over investigations and arrests of former senior government officials, a battle over the nomination of the country’s top military officer appears to be resolved.